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WACO Aviation Lecture Series

Ejection Experiences Shared by Dr. Bateman

On Thursday night, January 26th, Dr. Robert Bateman, Lt. Col. Ret. USAF will give a lecture entitled “Survival from Ejections.” West Point graduate and former USAF pilot had to parachute from a disabled aircraft twice. Both ejections were over water and he will be discussing these experiences.

Dr. Bateman, a 1957 West Point graduate, had a twenty year career in the Air Force, with over 4500 hours in aircraft such as the F-100, F-4D, and F-111. As a flight instructor, he taught in the T-33, T-37, and T-38. He has flown 225 combat missions in the B-57, and has been awarded the Silver Star, DFC with four oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous Air Medals. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and after his retirement, earned a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Dayton. He also holds a doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University with a specialty in Human Factors Engineering. In addition to his Air Force experience as a flight and academic instructor and some time spent as a substitute teacher in public schools, Dr. Bateman has taught college-level undergraduate and graduate students in aviation-related courses in the principles of flight, human factors, physiology, psychology, management, airport operations, spatial disorientation, accident investigation, and safety. He is a volunteer speaker for the Wright B Flyer as well as a member of the AOPA, Air Force Association, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Order of Daedalians, the Association of Aviation Psychologists, and the University Aviation Association.

WHO: WACO Historical Society

WHAT: Aviation Lecture Series

WHERE: WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017–doors open at 6:30 p.m., speech at 7 p.m.

CONTACT: Nancy Royer, 937-335-9226

Parking and admission are free and open to the public. The lecture is scheduled to last one hour with a time for questions to follow. It will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit

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